Monday, April 26, 2010

Next CUNY Murphy Institute Open House, May 5, 2010

Master of Arts degree in Labor Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Earn a professional degree to enhance career opportunities in labor and related fields.

Develop a deeper understanding of work, workers and workers’ organizations in a global society.

Acquire new knowledge and sharpen analytical skills.

Become a more effective advocate for labor rights and social justice.

Study with world-class faculty and outstanding practitioners in the field.

CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies
25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10036 (212) 827-0200

Spring & Summer 2010 Open House Dates
Dates: May 5, June 3 & June 23
Time: 6 -8 p.m.
Location: Murphy Institute
25 West 43rd St., 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036
RSVP: Laurie Kellogg (212) 642- 2055
Tica Frazer (212) 642- 2050

About the M.A. in Labor Studies

Students explore issues from many perspectives, including economics, sociology, history, political science, global studies and cultural analysis. The curriculum combines theory with practice and includes internship opportunities. Graduates are prepared to work with unions as representatives, organizers, researchers, educators and communications specialists, among other staff and leadership positions. Others pursue careers in law, labor relations, human resources and government.

Brief Faculty Biographies for the M.A. in Labor Studies

Full Time Faculty

Dr. Ruth Milkman, a renowned Professor of Sociology, comes to JSMI from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA. She is an expert on women and immigrant workers, and contemporary unionism, and is the author of many books including L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement.

Dr. Joshua Freeman is an award-winning teacher and author of the acclaimed book Working Class New York. He serves as consulting editor for New Labor Forum, and is the Executive Officer and a Professor in the doctoral program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Dr. Stephanie Luce has gained widespread recognition for her work on Living Wage campaigns as well as the effects of globalization on jobs and workers. She comes to JSMI from UMass, Amherst, where she is an Associate professor and he Director of Research at the Labor Center.

Dr. Penny Lewis
, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies, is an award-winning teacher who has taught at CUNY schools, Brown, and Barnard. Her areas of scholarship include social movements, social class and the contemporary labor movement.

James Steele, Distinguished Lecturer, is a highly regarded political analyst with expertise in labor and politics. He has served as Special Assistant to Congressman Gregory Meeks and was the Program Director for the Council of Black Elected Democrats.

Ed Ott, Distinguished Lecturer, is the former Director of the NYC Central Labor Council. Ed has over 40 years of experience in the labor movement and has played a major role in shaping politics and policy in New York, as well as key legislation, such as the Living Wage bill.

Consortial Faculty
(faculty from CUNY divisions who will teach in the Labor Studies program)

Dr. Stanley Aronowitz is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate School, and Director of CUNY’s Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He is the author of 23 books, including Working Class Hero and From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America’s Future.

Dr. Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, is a prominent scholar and activist whose work focuses on social policy and the social welfare system. She is the author of many groundbreaking books and articles, including Regulating the Poor.

Dr. Stephen Brier is a Professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and an expert in the use of new media and technology. He cofounded and was the Executive Director of The American Social History Project, and co-authored their widely used text, Who Built America?


· Labor in the Era of Globalization
· Research Methods
· Labor Law
· Theories and Perspectives on the Labor Movement
· Labor and the Economy
· Labor-Management Relations
· The Capstone Course


· U.S. Labor History from 1929 to Present
· Issues in Organizing
· Labor and Politics
· Comparative Labor Movements
· Policy Analysis
· Labor Studies Field Work Internship

Degree Requirements:
To earn the Labor Studies MA, students must complete 30 credits, distributed among seven required courses and three electives.
The Next Open House Is May 5th, 2010 at 6:15 pm at

CUNY Joseph S. Murphy Institute
25 W. 43rd, 18th floor
New York, NY 10036

For more information contact:

Laurie Kellogg
Special Assistant to Labor Studies Programs (212) 642 - 2055; 718-440-1550

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies was established in collaboration with New York City labor unions and the City University of New York.

The Institute offers educational opportunities to union members and serves as an academic resource on issues of concern to the labor movement. The Institute includes The Center for Worker Education and the Center for Community, Labor and Policy Studies.

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